By Mark A. Lies, II and Adam R. Young

Seyfarth Synopworksafetysis: New OSHA final rule requires employer to submit data electronically, to be posted on the OSHA website.

On May 12, 2016 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration published the final rules requiring employers to submit injury and illness data electronically.  81 Fed. Reg. 29624.

OSHA will
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By James L. Curtis, Patrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

iStock_000004162096LargeSeyfarth Synopsis: An alcohol induced accident involving an intoxicated employee can be an OSHA recordable incident.

OSHA recently opined in an Interpretation Letter that, where an employee sustained an injury at work but the employee was found to be intoxicated from alcohol through a post-injury drug
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By James L. Curtis, Benjamin D. Briggs, and Craig B. Simonsen

Safety at workBeginning January 1, 2015, OSHA changed its injury reporting rules to require employees to report to OSHA certain severe injuries and employee hospitalization within 24 hours.  We have previously blogged about that change in “OSHA Recordkeeping: Civil and Criminal Liabilities in 2015” and “OSHA
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By Mark A. Lies, II and Ilana R. Morady

iStock_000004162096LargeAs many employers know, California frequently does things a little differently than other jurisdictions. Cal/OSHA is no exception.

When it comes to injury/illness reporting, Cal/OSHA (a.k.a. “the Division”) requires “any serious injury or illness, or death” to be reported within 8 hours to the nearest District Office. Serious injury or illness
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By Brent I. Clark, Meagan Newman, and Anne D. Harris

On January 15, 2014, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a new online resource dedicated to worker safety in hospitals.

The new website contains educational materials relating to prevention of employee injuries, workplace safety assessments, safe patient handling programs, and safety and health management
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By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen

In what appears to be part of OSHA’s ongoing campaign to prevent fall accidents and injuries, OSHA’s Region V announced earlier this year a Local Emphasis Program to address Fall Hazards in General Industry and Construction.

The Emphasis Programs provides the “basis for scheduling and conducting safety inspections of construction and
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By Mark A. Lies, II, Kerry M. Mohan, and Craig B. Simonsen

A former safety manager at a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Nuclear Site was sentenced to 78 months in prison for major fraud.

The safety manager had allegedly hidden over 80 injuries to obtain over $2.5 million in safety bonuses. He was convicted at trial in November 2012,
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